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Former Sofapaka captain Johnson Bagoole dies in Uganda

22:08 GMT+4 21/06/2018
Johnson Bagoole tackle Aziz Okaka of Sofapaka.
The hardworking midfielder was pronounced dead on Thursday at Lira Regional Referral Hospital after succumbing to meningitis

Former Sofapaka team captain Johnson Bagoole has passed on days after being diagnosed with meningitis.

The hardworking midfielder was pronounced dead on Thursday at Lira Regional Referral Hospital after succumbing to Cryptococcal Meningitis.

“It is sad news that the lion is gone. We have lost Johnson Bagoole just a day after he was admitted," Simon Musoke told Kawowo Sports.

Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa described Bagoole as a hardworking player. “I have no words as Bagoole was a dedicted player when he played for my team. He was very disciplined reason why he captained my side. I am lost for words. May his soul rest in peace,” Kalekwa told Goal.

Bagoole launched his career at Iganga Town Council before joining Express. He featured for Uganda Cranes for around twenty times both in Afcon and World Cup qualifiers. He also played for AS Vita and Bukavu clubs, the latter being a club in Eastern DR Congo.

Bagoole had two stints with Sofapaka, helping the team win the 2014 Shield in his first season and aided them to survive the axe from top flight in 2016.